at new york's grand central terminal, the holiday fair where the vendors corroborated the economist. >> you can't grow an economy without, you know, good consumerism, you know? as an immigrant from the former soviet union, anastasia gonye has lived the alternative. >> i stood in line for bread, so there was not enough of things that are necessary to survive, you know, i had to make things for myself-- that's how i started, how i learned that skill, because i had to make clothes myself, if i wanted to look halfway decent. so, it's different. >> reporter: but this is better? >> of course it's better. way better. >> reporter: now, the soviet planned economy grew out of the communist revolution of 1917. but in the us back then, the market reigned, channeling wealth to its most productive uses.